Review: Michael’s Wings

  • Title: Michael’s Wings
  • By: Tiffany Reisz
  • Series: Original Sinners
  • Overall score: 5/5 stars
  • Recommended?: Major YES! Read This!

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This review is spoiler free. And it wasn’t easy because all I want to do is talk fine details about this story with my two, utmost favorite characters from The Original Sinners series. I am thrilled that Tiffany Reisz wrote more of Griff and Mick…and I definitely plan to return to their world over and over again. Just a great read and one of the best additions to the series so far!

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***Thanks to NetGalley and Tiffany Reisz for the ARC of this book!***

Okay, so when Tiffany Reisz put up on her instagram that this book was available on NetGalley, I ran-not-walked over there and picked it up. Again, the subject matter isn’t my cup of tea (or in Norwegian, en kopp te.) But, that’s not why I keep reading anything I can relating to the Original Sinners’ series. It’s the twisted story that has me grabby-hands and wide-eyed for the books.

Michael’s Wings is a collection of short stories, featuring Griffin Fiske and Michael (from The Angel). I had only been begging for more of these two for what feels like forever. And this came along, and I am over-the-moon happy!

Michael and Griffin…those two. Plus, Griff in a kilt *drooly emoji here*…so…

Anyway, onto the review.

Michael’s Wings ~ The primary story where Michael runs off to Louisana, where King, Søren, and Nora now call home. Griffin asked Michael to marry him (*SQUEAL!*) and now Michael has a few days to ponder his answer. Does he want to marry that spoiled trust-fund-baby dom? Seeing everyone again was great. Nora is ever the same. King and Søren haven’t changed, and if they did, it was for the better… Such a sweet story. And it just made me fall back into old ways where Griff and Mick are concerned. (The thing where I hate to put them down and leave them alone for five seconds. Even snuck in the reading of a single sentence in at work once…) I’m going to leave this story now for fear that I’m going to spoil it because… It was five stars for me.

Griffin in Wonderland ~ This goes back in time to when Griffin was twenty-two and realizing he was at rock bottom. This was back when King, Søren and Nora were in NYC and the 8th Circle was in its hey day! Sort of a discovering himself, coming-of-age-tale for Griff. It was where he learned how to be who he is. So interesting to see young Griffin. Five stars.

Gauze ~ A flashback to the moment Michael slit his wrists and comparison with why he had gauze on his wrists again. The events happened during The Angel and covers some answers we didn’t have before. It was a sweet moment for one of my favorite characters in this series. Five Stars.

The Theory of the Moment ~ So…just after the events of The Angel, Griffin had a talk with Michael’s mom. Just to clear the air about why a much older man was in love with her son and where the future might take them some day. It was enjoyable and gave some insight to the always wild Griffin. Made my heart melt a little. A moment or two, it felt a little repetitive in the ideas being talked about between the two characters, but a great missing piece to the Griff-Mick puzzle. Four and a half stars.

The Couch ~ Sort of funny. Sort of Sweet. Sort of: “Oh good lord!” in a blissful way. It was cute and funny and just a moment with these two guys who are stubborn and yet so in love. *happy sigh* Five stars.

A Better Distraction ~ This one was another random moment of Griff and Mick’s life. Just a short, sweet, naughty tale that makes you love these two together even more. And also some laughs, thanks to a Titanic moment or two. Tied for ultimate fave story from this book. FIVE STARS!

Christmas in Suite 37A ~ A longer story happening between The Angel and Michael’s Wings. Michael went off to Europe to study for three months and Griffin is just trying to survive. Told in three parts. Part one, Griffin is with Nora in NOLA. He’s freaking out because Michael is gone, broke up with him…so in Griffin style, he’s freaking-the-f#@<- out. Part two, Griffin heads home to meet up with Michael who is returning to the US for the holidays. (Ask about the Søren/Griffin moment, and all I can do is laugh.) Part three, Grififn and Michael have dinner. And that’s all I can say about it without wanting to dive into SPOILER details. I will say that this answered some questions I always had and gives more insight to story one…

My only complaint about this book is that it was out-of-order, story wise. That being said, it isn’t that much of an issue. Any time I can get a Griff/Mick story, I am a happy girl. This book was pure joy from page flip one to the tear dropping from my eye at the last page flipped on my Kindle screen.

Is this review fair? I can’t say. I mean, Tiffany Reisz is not only a great person to “chat” with on Twitter and Insta, but her stories are unique and smart and funny and hella hot and…well, I find it difficult to ever want to put one down, this one being one of the most difficult ones, because I do love those characters so much. I’ve come to know and love them. And just when I thought I couldn’t see them anymore, here is this book of bliss.

I HIGHLY REC this book! I would say read The Original Sinners stories before diving in so you get a hint of who is who and why they are. And if you have already read them, do yourself a favor and read this collection of pure happiness!

Thanks again for the opportunity to read this. Anytime for you, my Queen, Tiffany Reisz!

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#PitchWars is here!

I’M SO F#$<*&@ NERVOUS!!!!

Sorry, Cap.

Anyway, as I’m sitting and deciding on whether I’ve chosen the right mentors for my story…
Should I really submit the revamped Darrows? Because it is somewhat a repeat.
Who should I really submit to? Because they can help make me or break me right now.
Is every single person who read that story being sugary and fluffy with their praises or are they being so-very-true blue?

I just now–like literally right this second–remembered that I hadn’t even done a #PitchWars Bio for this year. Not that much has changed since last year. I’m still writing and unpubbed, except now I’m also serving up coffee and talking to everyone under the sun at my coffee-house job…

The story I’m submitting:

Love, Darrows

This is the retelling of the whole Cupid tale from myths of yore. And I say it like that because most people think of Cupid as being Greek myth, but he started out in Roman myth circles. Which my story touches on both here and there. The twist to my Cupid tale is the fact that my Cupid is gay. Plus, there is a Psyche (the original Cupid’s love) but I’ve included the other erotes and Greek/Roman myth characters and stories to create a modern-day, high school Cupid with his own unique story and personality. Quentin Darrows is seventeen–a poetic little $#!+, too–and in love with his best friend who loves to date anyone, male and female alike. And this poor Cupid is just trying to cope with it all.

(Quentin is going to kill me for using this Cupid image. He really doesn’t like babies in diapers being Cupid.)

Love, Darrows is a modern take on a Cupid who can’t control his own love life with his phone app arrows, so he fights for his boyfriend, Lex, in any way he can. The story I am submitting it part one and part two, Love, Carter, completes the tale.

What I am ready to do:

I am ready to rip this baby apart if I have to. I want to learn and make QUENTIN THE BEST DERN CUPID ever! I want to get his story out there and into the world. Give him the wings to fly because I know when he does, he’ll fly far! I’m ready to work hard and absorb all the advice a mentor wants to give. Be harsh with me, because I need the honesty to get my story living. I’ll stay up all night. Work all day, except when I’m working, and even then I’d be working on Darrows.

I just look forward to having new eyes and new thoughts on something that’s been with me for years.

Even if I’m not chosen, MY ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO GET DARROWS PUBLISHED.

What I typically write:

Usually my stories fall into a million different categories. Well, except for my NYC-RomComs. I write adult and YA. I usually go contemporary with my tales, though I’ve been in and out and twisted around almost every genre out there–Paranormal, supernatural, retellings, rom coms, myths, knights and princesses, angels and demons, ghosts, dystopians, mystery, space, and superheroes[ish]–with the exception of horror.

What I read:

I like almost any kind of story. Romances tend to be in my top picks (most recently Mónica B. Wagner’s Frosh series and Rachel Van Dyken’s The Matchmaker’s Playbook series). I love a good non-romantic series (see the Lunar Chronicles and Divergent). Graphic novels–Scott Pilgrim, Agent Carter, Spider-Gwen, and Ms. Marvel are among the tops ones I read.

Well…I just love a really good book I don’t want to put down but then I regret when I finish reading because I want to keep those characters and events with me forever.

Favorite Movies/TV/Netflix/Hulu

In other words, random stuff that has nothing to do with writing, yet has somehow inspired me in so many ways.

Anything Chris Evans, my favorite being What’s Your Number?

And Scott Pilgrim…

I like Captain America, The Avengers, Underoos (aka Spider-man), Back to the Future, Star Wars (Han Solo), Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Rec, The Office, Rick and Morty, Supernatural, Brooklyn-9-9, Stranger Things, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Friends from College, iZombie, Game of Thrones…

I CAN’T BELIEVE CAP KISSED MARGERY TYRELL!!! *WORLDS COLLIDE*

…Westworld, you name it and I’ve probably watched it. Almost anything you can find at a Comic Con panel or that will make me laugh. Or sigh. Or go awww, or even just…

Random things about me:

I am becoming a polyglot.

I speak American natively, and I have many years of Spanish under my belt. Recently, I started learning French, Norwegian, and Japanese. (I have plans for Swedish and Italian in the future.) I can already label some items and ask questions in French and Norwegian. I also can recognize a lot of Hiragana on packages (and read a few things) when I’m shopping at Daiso–Japan’s answer to the dollar store.

Daiso is one of my favorite places to go.

I have a growing collection of Funko figures. Mostly Captain Americas. The first one I owned  was Han Solo I found back in 2011/2012. Then Marty McFly and Doc. Then Chewbacca. Then when Cap came out…and so on and so on…

Recently, I used a plastic Coca-cola crate and turned it into a shelf for my Toby Stanks (yes, I did that on purpose. #TeamCap #SorryNotSorry) and Underoos Funko figures on the other side of the room from Cap and me.

I like photoshopping photos into looking like a comic or something someone drew. (This is one I did for a coffee project at work.)

I am allergic to sulfites, meaning that virtually everything I eat will make me sick–including my beloved fruits and veggies. I was never vegetarian but I really don’t like meat especially without ketchup or a sauce or seasoning.
The only thing I like without that stuff is the Flying Dutchman from In-N-Out. So I’m there a few days a week.

Despite my allergies and my body’s inability to handle food properly, I have managed to lose almost 100 pounds…which is a great feat, IMO. It’s still a work in progress, though.

I always wanted a Captain America sweater, but when I couldn’t find one that not everyone else would have, I looked up knitting patterns and figured out how to knit my own…It’s a great comfy sweater perfect for reading and rainy, cold days.

I like to draw.

I now draw the boards for my store.

this isn’t the best one, but it is the most recent.

 

L’il Sebastian. Because…

 

And…well…if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a HUGE fan of Chris Evans. He has the BEST SOUL anyone could own.
Everyone at work picks on me, a lot of people roll their eyes, but I will defend him/that fact to the death.

MY FAVORITE CAP IMAGE:

Why? Because it always reminds me that when things look bleak, when you’re feeling down, when all looks lost in the world, keep fighting, keep hoping, keep working and you will come out of it a better person and hopefully on top of it all.

I plan on staring at this one a lot in the coming weeks when the mentor/mentee teams are announced. (And hopefully long after as I’m readying Darrows with my mentor’s help.)

Well, it’s time…

Time to begin. Isn’t it? (sorry, channeling Imagine Dragons there) Time to get those mentors listed and get Darrows into the mix.

*deep breath*

Thanks for taking the time to read. And sorry about the fangirly me. (not too sorry, though. it is who I am.)

GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO ARE ENTERING!!!
SEE YOU GUYS ON THE FLIP-SIDE!

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It has been literally an eon and a day…

…since I’ve been here. Real life has taken over and I’ve been killing myself at work. Meaning my reading schedule is a millennium behind. Sadly. I also do have quite a few book reviews to write, but now that Goodreads no longer talks to my blog, it’s going to make that more difficult. In the meantime, my goal is to do PitchWars in a few weeks.

PitchWars is an exciting time. The submission of a story always is, especially when you’ve put your soul into it.

So now it comes to which of my completed, ready-to-go manuscripts I’m going to choose. I am leaning towards going with Love, Darrows. Yes, again. Only because he has had so many agents love him, but they didn’t rep __________ (fill in the blank with whatever minute detail here: LGBTQ, mythical realism, magical elements, Roman/Greek myth), but they complimented him with some of the best words a writer’s ego just loves to hear. I think he and Love, Carter, his partner in crime, can go far with just the right rep.

But then there’s the new incarnation of my opus, Human Touch. Not only is Nikki more improved, but she’s better. The story is better. Still not toned down to one genre. Plus, because of this world building of her side, it’s verbose. I can cut out parts. Not a problem. But…what is that all important part to cut. I understand something that doesn’t move the story forward, but every piece of it is Nikki moving forward and having experiences she hadn’t had before.

I could also do my NYC romances. Which honestly…okay. I can’t say they’re my favorite, because every story I write is my fave, but I can say that I love these because I wrote them for myself, meaning I couldn’t find some fun rom-com type stories that didn’t hold billionaires or army guys. Just a normal guy and a normal girl who meet through weird circumstances and fall for each other with some laughs and quirky characters along the way.

The best part of my stories are…they all interconnect. Across all those genres and styles, the characters/stories are all within each other. I try to keep that in mind when I’m searching for  an agent. That this person needs to have a broad sense of likes when it comes to reading, because I would love to work with them throughout all of my stories getting out there and living a life. I’m in this for the long haul.

So on my day off today, i am going through all of the PitchWars everything–videos, websites, mentors, etc. I am going into it with Darrows in mind, but am keeping my options open. Good luck to anyone else entering this crazy mixed up wonderful PitchWars world. Hope to see you around.

MORE SOON~~~>

{see Brenda Drake’s PitchWars here}

 

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Reading Theme ~ May 2017.

April showers give way to clear skies.
Long days with not as hot temps means spending evenings outside, stargazing.

Stargazing leads to wondering. (at least for the story writer in me.)

Then the ponderance of those age-old questions:

What’s out there in our universe? What’s out there beyond?

Do aliens exist?

If they do, would they be friendly?

Or are they out to off us for whatever agenda they have?

What would it be like to travel from planet to planet throughout the universes?

For someone who swears she doesn’t read sci-fi (Exceptions: Illuminae & Gemina), I have seemed to amass quite the collection of sci-fi books. Star Wars, alien abductions, UFO sightings, and a princess to name just a few. So I am going to try to take down my TBR list by tackling the most popular theme I have to be read.

Of course. Star-Lord and Han are essential to sci-fi goodness.

I’m thinking of starting with the X-Files books. After all, the show I loved in the early 90s started off with Fox Mulder searching for his missing sister after her abduction by aliens. And since I plan to read the believer, I also have to add in the skeptic, aka Scully’s book.

The X-Files ~ Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

The X-Files ~ Devil’s Advocate by Jonathon Mayberry

And you can’t do aliens without a little weird to go into it, so:

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

And no space theme is complete without a STAR WARS book or two:

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
(forever my Princess/General)

And then, a few series starters that I hope are great enough to want to read on:

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Extracted by RR Haywood

And just because both the cover and the title fit, I’m going to try to squeeze in:

From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

Quite a full list for someone who claims not to read sci-fi…

May’s Theme:

The Stars in the Sky

(which also happens to be the title of the book I’m writing and not talking too much about yet.)

Any books I should look into or a great one I’ve missed?

And though I’ve read and reviewed them, I still highly recommend:

Illuminae/Gemina by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

DJ, signing off. Hoping to catch you from another system.

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Review: The Crown

The Crown
The Crown by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here we are. The official end to The Selection series by Kiera Cass. Book two of the duology (IMO) and book five overall.

I feel cheated in a way. In others, I’m glad to finally know who Eadlyn chose. It’s a three and a half stars for me….

When this book picks up, Eadlyn has her Elite men chosen. Hale, he was one I had hoped would go far, though I sort of guessed his tale. Ean, I had no clue about. SO it was great getting to learn and understand. Fox, I wanted to win just because I thought of Michael J so much as I read. Henri…I had hoped for something…different for him (and in a way I liked his story). It was the “Lost in Translation” that I knew what was coming. And then Kile Woodwork. Oh, Kile. I think he was the one I was rooting for outside of someone else who I can’t mention without a ton of spoilers. He’d have been great.

SO COLOR ME SURPRISED when Eady chose not —. And while I sort of guess who she was leaning towards, I dare venture to say that her interactions with Kile threw me from the scent a few times. And UGH if those times I weren’t rooting for Kile.

It was Selection drama at its best!!!

I’m sure you’re asking why three and a half stars then. Well, while I enjoyed the story so much, I felt like it was rushed. We went from The Elite right into a final three into a two and into the end. It was flip-a-page and we’re already there. I didn’t think there was enough interactions with a few of the Elite and more with the final three…I mean, it felt rushed and like there were some major pieces missing. Again, IMO. Maybe I just wanted more between those finalists and Eadlyn. Just to see the “more” that gave her the mind and heart of who to chose. Because the final choice almost came out of nowhere, with the exception of one incident.

Confused by all of that? Yeah. Me too. It felt like she made a hasty decision.

I am happy with the ending, though. Ish. I’m still favor a certain Team—- for the win. (<~~~No spoilers!)

Overall, I recommend this series. Especially if you like shows like The Bachelor and Bachlorette (of which I have never watched so…) It’s unique in its dystopian ways and so familiar that you can’t help but to enjoy.

*PROM IS OVER. TIME FOR THE AFTER PARTY…* ~ APRIL 2017.

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